The Fifth Annual Optimist Club of Gettysburg Golf Tournament will be held at the Links of Gettysburg on Thursday, May 21st, 2015. A scramble format will tee off at 1:00PM. Cost is $85 per player or $300 per foursome. Contests include longest drive, closest to pin, green of gold, putting contest, and a hole in one. Sun Motor Cars of Mechanicsburg will be providing a six month lease on a brand new Mercedes Benz for the hole in one contest winner. Dinner by Biggerstaff’s Catering along with wine, beer (Battlefield Brewery) and soft drinks are included in the purchase of a play.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Co-branded tournament event for $1000 includes a sign at check-in, on the first tee, and in the dining area, as well as the fee for a foursome. Tee/green sponsors for $500 includes one sign on a green or tee on the course and the fee for a foursome. All sponsorships include a free listing of the sponsor’s logo, and mention in the follow up press release.

Opt 2014 golf tournament pic

Net proceeds go to over a dozen Adams County Youth programs including Reading is Fundamental, Meals and More, Gettysburg High School STARS program, Holiday Family Outreach, Youth Basketball, Dollars for Scholars, Special Olympics, Little League, Boy Scouts, Adams County Arts Council, School of Music Theater, and more.

Be a part of our community youth support efforts and enjoy a round of golf on one of the area’s premier golf course, a great dinner and fellowship.

Click on the links below for information, sign up, and sponsorship opportunities!


Golf Ad 2015

Golf entry form 2015

Golf Sponsor 2015

The Optimist Club Youth Basketball program is still on for Saturday, January 24, 2015. Today’s session has not been cancelled. Reports indicate that most of the heavy stuff has passed our area and plows are already treating the roads.  Please drive carefully and give yourselves a little extra time traveling.  While we hope everyone can make, we understand that the weather may make it difficult for some people.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg held a regular business meeting at Mamma Ventura’s on Wednesday, January 21st. We had two wonderful speakers enlighten our group.


Guests: Ruth Topper joined us from STARS (Success Through Academic Recognition) for GAHS. She explained that this program has been running for more than 10 years. Each quarter teachers nominate students who are excelling or showing significant improvement in their studies. There is a Shining Star award for those at the top of the class. A Rising Star award is for those making great progress in their classes. The North Star award is for those whose achievements go above and beyond the normal standards. Families are invited to show their support at this quarterly breakfast. There are typically 75-100 awards dispersed. The next breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28th at 8 a.m.  The Optimist Club sent Ruth with a donation and we will be sponsoring the upcoming breakfast.


Alex Hayes the Managing Editor of the Gettysburg Times was also present. He spoke of his journey to Gettysburg and the newspaper. As a teenager in his hometown of Shamokin, PA his first job must have been a sign of things to come because he was actually paperboy. Before making deliveries he would read the paper front to back. He later attended college at Lock Haven University where he studied journalism and mass media. He accepted a position as a reporter at the Gettysburg Times before he worked his way up to Night Editor followed by Managing Editor. Although printed media has experienced struggles over the last several years, the Gettysburg Times has maintained a strong presence in the community in large part due to their coverage of local Adams County news. They also offer news online through an E-subscription for those who don’t want to make the long trek down the driveway! As for the future, they plan to revamp the bimonthly Gettysburg Companion Magazine. Alex encourages members of the community to contact him via phone or email about local happenings.


President’s Report: Our thoughts are especially with several Optimist members this week. We wish Walt a speedy recovery from his recent surgery. We send our sympathies to Don and former member, Cliff for the recent passing of a loved one.

Treasurer’s Report: Please remember to turn in your dues to Tom or mail to the Optimist PO Box (PO Box 3035, Gettysburg, PA. 17325). Reminder that each meeting you attend at the restaurant requires a $5 payment to the club. After receiving all of our donations and paying all the bills in relation to the Magic Show it looks like we will clear $3900 which will do a lot for the local youth!

Basketball: We have had a great turn out this year. We have more than 130 participants. Members are encouraged to come out and assist in coaching or even just chat with the parents who stay to watch. The Saturday sessions run from 9am-1pm at the Gettysburg Area Middle School Gym. As long as the weather cooperates we will be handing out extra t-shirts and doing individual/team photographs this weekend. If practice is cancelled due to weather an announcement will be on our website/Facebook page and on 107.7 FM radio.

Oyster & Shrimp Feed: This great event is scheduled for Saturday, February, 28th at the Gettysburg Fire Hall. Prep work as usual will be Friday, February, 27th in the same location. There is another local Oyster Feed this same weekend so we really need to work on ticket sales now! The Club will be placing an advertisement for the feed in the Gettysburg Times 

Golf Tournament: This important fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, May 21st at the Gettysburg Links. Bruce is at the helm again for this event. He is headed down south next week, so Frank and Daryl will be stepping up to assist. Bruce would like to be present via Skype for an upcoming Golf Committee Meeting. Details to follow. Please continue to work on getting sponsors and foursomes!

Member Kudos: Great job Darlene on your work thus far in acquiring several sponsors for the tournament, including PA Interfaith Group for the tournament co-sponsor!

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February, 4th at 6:30pm at Mamma Ventura’s.

opt bball

Weather permitting, basketball is scheduled for this Saturday, January, 24th from 9a-1p at the Gettysburg Middle School gym.  T-shirts will be handed out to those who did not receive them last week and individual/team photographs are also planned.  If practice is cancelled due to weather an announcement will be on our website/Facebook pages and 107.7 FM.  If you have any questions please contact Kris and Mindy at 334-2254.

Our next meeting features the rear dining villa at Mama Ventura’s exquisite Italian Restuarante’ beginning at 6:30Pm. An early arrival will assure proper introductions and the mutual courtesies of handshakes and spirits.

Our distinguished host, Mr. Kris, esq. requires an RSVP so that you may be assured an entrée. Kindly respond, (in the affirmative we hope). And do bring a guest!

Ever Optimistic, ours shall be the evening!



The Optimist Club of Gettysburg meets this Wednesday, January 21st, at Mama Ventuta’s. Dinner is served at 6:30PM.

The Adams County Art Council hosted the Optimist Club of Gettysburg for their first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, January 7th.  The Optimist Club President Kris Accardi (above right) presented a $500 donation to Chris Glatfelter of the ACAC (above left) to help support all the wonderful youth programs offered there.


During the first meeting of the new year the Optimist of Gettysburg added Sam  Isenberger (1st picture on the left) to the prestigious list of Optimist Life Members.  A Life Member has shown years of dedication and commitment to the club and the Optimist way.  Sam has served the club well for more than 20 years.  Congrats Sam!

President Kris Accardi (1st and 2nd picture far right) also had the pleasure of adding two new members to our roster.  Dan Mattern (2nd picture, 2nd from left) has previously served our club  and we are so excited that he has been able to return.  Bob Dicken (2nd picture far left) has numerous years of community service to his credit and he joins his daughter and son-in-law in the club.  Welcome Dan and Bob!



Optimist Club of Gettysburg

Meeting minutes

January 7, 2015

Special meeting location: Adams County Arts Council, S. Washington St.

Attending: 19 members, 1 guest (Chris Glatfelter, Exec. Dir.)

*Annual Dues are due.*  $200 For the full year, or, $50 per quarter. Please make checks payable to:

Optimist Club of Gettysburg, and send to  PO Box 3035, Gettysburg, PA    17325

Or bring them to a meeting.

Thank you!

Stacey (Biggerstaff’s Catering) provided the dinner and dessert.

Chris Glatfelter thanked the club for our regular support and provided an overview of opportunities and activities for 2015. Their mission is to cultivate an arts rich community. Their building is available for rent for small and large groups from formal  dinners to a house full of youngsters with finger paints.

Classes of every variety are available throughout the year. They include painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, art camps, music, cooking, and many more for adults and children. Rotating art and sculpture exhibits are often on display. Check out their web site at  Donations and memberships are always welcome.

President Kris presented a check in the amount of $500. for their work with youth.

Youth basketball starts this Saturday, January 10th, at the Gettysburg Middle School, beginning at 9AM. Helpers are needed – no experience needed. It’s fun!  Join us.

Bruce reported on the Golf Tournament (May 21st) and has scheduled a committee meeting after the next meeting (Jan 21st). Every member should strive to sign up a golf foursome, and, continue to think of area contacts and business people you patronize or know of. Then take the literature Bruce will supply you by email, and make a call. Sign them up as a gold sponsor (preferred) and /or ask them to consider a gift or a gift in kind (food, door prizes of value). Our goal this year is $12,000.

Oyster Feed – our job is to sell tickets!!! We get very few walk-ins  so that pre sale of tickets is our only chance to have a successful fund raiser.

New members Dan Mattern and Robert Dicken were inducted into the club tonight. Congratulations!!

Congratulations also to our long time and faithful member Sam Isenberger who became a life member at the meeting – President Kris presiding.

The STARS breakfast sponsored by the Optimist Club will be January 21st. The start time was unknown (by the club) as of this writing. Members are invited to attend.

The 2nd QTR Zone meeting will be held March 12th at 6:30PM at the American Legion Bldg., in Hummelstown. Joe MacDowell is planning to attend. Others are welcome.

Tom Barako reported the Christmas Play netted about $3800. And was enjoyed by over 300 children of all ages. Kudos to chmn. Doug Miller.

Next meeting January 21st at Mama Ventura’s, dinner at 6:30. Come early and enjoy a beverage and some good company!

Optimistically, Joe MacDowell

Fellow Optimists,

We meet this Wednesday, January 7th, at the Arts Council Building on S. Washington Street at 6:30PM.

Please come for an informative meeting, good fellowship, and a great meal by Biggerstaff’s Catering!

Also, please email Stacey ( or Kris ( right away if you are coming. We need a good count.

Hope to see you there. Guests are always welcome.